(10.19.20—Cool Under Fire!--Judges 6:25-30)
My friend, may I ask you a question? Through His Word does God build us up and gives us the power of Christ within? Even keep us moving on, when the work seems endless and the risk of failure looms large?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
I’m M. Clifford Brunner?
Did you ever accomplish something that you really thought you would never be able to do? For most of us there will come a time in life when the impossible suddenly becomes possible. I remember a number of years ago looking up at a half-finished addition to our present house that I had begun several months prior. Things had not gone well. The weather had not cooperated and some of the work I had already finished had to be replaced due to water damage. I’ll never forget the feeling of hopelessness that had begun to settle in on me; that intense feeling of the pressure of unfinished work, that seemed to go on endlessly. I pushed on knowing that there wasn’t an alternative. What I had begun I had to finish.
Here’s a story: “The Hope College Women’s basketball team had made it to the national playoffs. The final game saw Hope 20 points behind with only 10 minutes left to play. The team remained calm and began to narrow the gap. Methodically, they chipped away at the deficit. Then, with just 5 seconds remaining, they threw up a 3-point basket to come within one point of a tie game. The final score was decided by a player named Dina Disney. With no time left on the clock, she calmly walked up to the free throw line, sank the first basket and then the next to win the game. When television and press interviewers asked her how she had stayed calm under so much pressure, Dina said that she recited a Bible passage to herself as she took each shot. The passage: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Daily Bread.)
Christ told His disciples that with the faith of a mustard seed they could move mountains. As I’ve discovered in my life, those mountains usually appear in the form of looming deadlines and tasks that seem larger than life. The pressure builds and we may lose hope, fall down and “miss the shots” God puts in front of us. While working under pressure is never easy, God has designed both you and I to make it work. Through His Word He builds us up and gives us the power of Christ within. He encourages us to keep moving on, even when the work seems endless and the risk of failure looms large. When there’s no time left on the clock, Christians come through because Christ has never failed yet.
We pray. Heavenly Father. Mountains so often appear in the form of looming deadlines and tasks that seem larger than life. The pressure builds and we lose hope, fall down and “miss the shots” You put in front of us. While working under pressure is never easy, We know that You have designed both us to make it work. Through Your Word You build us up and give us the power of Christ within. Jesus encourages us to keep moving on, even when the work seems endless and the risk of failure looms large. Forgive us when we fail to know this. Help us to remember that when there’s no time left on the clock, we can come through because Christ has never failed us yet. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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